United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) has been present in Iraq since 2011. It currently has 37 volunteers, 15 international and 22 national, who are based in northern Iraq in the Governorates of Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaimaniyah, as well as in the South in Najaf, Karbala, Baghdad and Basra.

UN Volunteers are contributing to a wide range of projects including the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Social Cohesion/Community Solidarity projects and Developing Disaster Risk Reduction Capacities, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Emergency response to refugee and IDP crises in northern and central Iraq. Other areas where UN Volunteers are playing an important role include human rights projects, gender, rural women and girls projects, urban planning and water and sanitation. Currently, UN Volunteers are with the following agencies: UNDP, UNHCR, UN Women, UN Habitat, UNFPA and UNICEF. UNV has also partnered with the KRG on the project “UNV Capacity Development and Support to the Kurdistan Regional Government through Volunteering.”

UNV in Iraq

UN Volunteers help respond to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq ©UNDP Iraq/2013 more


Volunteering for peace and development

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.

Are you interested to be a United Nations Volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer under the international UN Volunteer programme, please follow the instructions from this link.